The 49ers have surprising similarities to the odd couple Trent Williams and JaMycal Hasty


The Pro Bowl deals with 32-year-old Trent Williams, the 49ers’ oldest, longest and most decorated member.

The undercuts crook behind the 24-year-old JaMycal Hasty are among the team’s youngest, youngest and more anonymous players.

But the odd pair – 5-foot-8 9 inches shorter than Husty Williams – have something in common: They both attended Longview (Texas) High School and played for head coach John King.

And King said in a phone interview on Friday that their similarities do not end there. In middle school, every future NFL player focused on playing in the NBA.

“For some reason, Trent thought he was going to be a post player and JaMycal was going to be a point guard,” King said. “Hell, none of them could shoot so I had to ask them to play football. I’m just joking, but, yes, it didn’t take them long to figure out that football was their calling. ”

Williams and Hastie can share this Sunday: Both may be the key to the offense when the 49ers visit New England.

Of course, this is nothing new for Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. But this is unfamiliar territory for Horsty, who was not among the 255 players drafted in April, starting the season on a practice squad and two career carries, including a win over the Rams in the fourth quarter last Sunday’s 24-16. Were done.

However, for the final 15 minutes Harry replaced Jerich McKinnon and the underseas and the unseen novice were not overwhelmed. Hastie had a 9-yard run on his first carry and gained a 10-yard lead on his seventh carry, which started a clock drive.

His nine-carriage, 37-yard display featured rash and agile, displayed in training-camp practices that were open to journalists. He also showed tackle-breaking ability, an unknown during the summer that was not a game. The haste is short – but she has a compact 205-pound frame.


All-Pro tight and George Kightle said it was quickly apparent in camp that the celebrity would stick around. Kight said Hastie’s performance was recalled by bringing Matt Breida back in 2017. Brady, then a minor rogue, went for 1,902 yards rushing and averaged 5.0 yards per carry in three carries before he was traded to Miami in the offshore.

“A play is done every day,” Husty said. “Was it a joke, a spin move, a great block, a great cut … When you have a guy like you notice there’s a play every single day, you start feeling more comfortable And you want him to have more opportunities. And that’s what he is doing now. He took advantage of his opportunities. ”

Incidentally, Sunde suffers more injuries as the 49ers have back injuries. Starter Rahm Mostert (ankle) is headed for injured reserve, Tevin Coleman (knee) is on IR and Jeff Wilson (calf) is doubtful for Sunday’s game.

Which leaves Hosty and Jaric Mackinnon as a healthy body. And McKinnon, who missed the previous two seasons with knee issues, has not looked particularly spicy since playing 67 of 73 snacks in a Week 4 loss to the Eagles. This week, head coach Kyle Sheenahan said the 49ers had a better job of handling Mackinnon’s assignment.

McKinnon has 18 yards on seven carries in the last two games. And his performance against Ram prompted Shahanshah to give him a shot with the game in a hurry.

“I have a lot of crooks who look great in practices and when they get into the game, they are wide-eyed,” Shanahan said on KNBR on Friday. He said, “They are not quite the same.” His legs died. He drops the ball. This boy looked exactly the same. He does not waver. He acts like a vet. Raises himself like a vet. That is why if we need it, whatever the situation is, we will not hesitate to put it.

Hastie gave an authentic, i-get-it vibe during a zoom interview this week.

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“Up to this point,” he said, “nothing really out of the ordinary has happened.”

His level of concern when Shanhan calls him for the fourth quarter?

“No nerves … just going out there and playing football,” Hastie said. “It’s something I’ve been doing all my life. And I just try to go there and make it football. do not think too much. Just go out and play and have fun and live with the results. ”

On Sunday, in the biggest occasion of his early career, Hastie figures to walk at least a few times from behind his fellow Longview High alum’s Williams. As Kite, he said he is eager to block for a back that immediately looked like he belonged.

“You can feel the confidence coming from that,” Kight said. “And when you have a back that is reassuring and you have a back that is physical and can cut like that, it makes my job a little easier.”

Eric Branch covered the 49ers for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Eric_Branch

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